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About the Mahjong Tiles



In Japanese Mahjong, The Mahjong Flower and Season tiles are not used at all.
Here is a list of the 136 tiles used in the game:

The Character tiles: Character Tiles
From left to right : one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine.
There are total of 36 character tiles (4 times 9)
They can be used to create Chii (sequence of three), Pon (three of a kind) and Kan (four of a kind).


The Bamboo tiles: Mahjong Bamboo Tiles
From left to right : one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine.
There are total of 36 Bamboo tiles (4 times 9)
They can be used to create Chii (sequence of three), Pon (three of a kind) and Kan (four of a kind).


The Circle tiles: Circle Tiles
From left to right : one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine.
There are total of 36 Circle tiles (4 times 9)
They can be used to create Chii (sequence of three), Pon (three of a kind) and Kan (four of a kind).


The Wind tiles: Mahjong Wind Tiles
From left to right : East, South, West, North.
There are 16 wind tiles (4 times 4)
Note that the wind tiles can only create Pon (three of a kind) and Kan (four of a kind) and cannot be used in Chii (sequence of three) -
for example, three East tiles are a Chii, but East, North and West are NOT a Pon.


The Dragon tiles: Dragon Tiles
From left to right : White, Green, Red.
There are 12 dragon tiles (4 times 3)
just like the wind tiles, the Dragon tiles can only create Pon (three of a kind) and Kan (four of a kind) and cannot be used in Chii (sequence of three) -
for example, three Green tiles are a Chii, but Green, Red and White are NOT a Pon.



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